(I posted this review back in 2011 but it deserves a reminder. Totally emo read.)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Julia Quinn
Publisher: AVON 2004
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from the back of the book:
In every life there is a turning point. A moment so tremendous, so sharp and clear that one feels as if one’s been hit in the chest, all the breath knocked out, and one knows, absolutely knows without the merest hint of a shadow of a doubt that one’s life will never be the same.
For Michael Stirling, that moment came the first time he laid eyes on Francesca Bridgerton.
After a lifetime of chasing women, of smiling slyly as they chased him, of allowing himself to be caught and then turning the tables until he was the victor, of caressing and kissing and making love to them but never actually allowing his heart to become engaged, he took one look at Francesca Bridgerton and fell so fast and so hard into love it was a wonder he managed to remain standing.
Unfortunately for Michael, however, Francesca’s surname was to remain Bridgerton a mere thirty-six hours longer; the occasion of their meeting was, lamentably, a supper celebrating her imminent wedding to his cousin.
This has to be the most emotionally engrossing novel in the Bridgerton Series. The torment of Michael’s secret love, the torment of Francesca’s grief , their guilt and passion. Well it is just the absolute best for a sentimental fool such as Moi. Quinn knows how to write and brings to life the personalities of these two people so that we totally understand them and their feelings. The romance is long in coming to fruition and perhaps people long denied would become so passionately free. Quinn gives us a study in the consequence of guilt and how it can impact a relationship. This is no light and fluffy read. Have tissues handy and enjoy a good cry.